In the latest development of this controversial case in Palawan, police confirmed on Tuesday that the result of the DNA test sampled from the skeletal remains found in Puerto Princesan Palawan were that of missing 22-year-old Jovelyn Galleno.
Puerto Princesa Police spokesperson Police Captain Maria Victoria Iquin told the press that the DNA examination conducted on the skeletal remains found in Pulang Lupa, Brgy. Sta. Lourdes on August 23 and a swab sample provided by Galleno’s mother yielded a 99.9% match.
“Base sa resulta na isinagawang DNA examination ng PNP forensic group sa DNA samples mula sa natagpuang kalansay at buccal swab ng ina ni Jovelyn, lumabas na 99.99 percent na tugma ang resulta,” Iquin said.
Meanwhile, Jonalyn, the younger sister of the victim, revealed on Sen. Raffy Tulfo’s program, RAFFY TULFO IN ACTION, that their family is still not convinced that the remains found were of her sister. The Galleno’s also doubt the investigation made by the local authorities and are now suspecting that there might be a cover-up to hide what really happened to Jovelyn. She mentioned that the pants and underwear that were found along the skeletal remains does not belong to Jovelyn.
New revelations related to this case also surfaced after one of the alleged suspect, Jobert Valdestamon, denied his participation in the rape-slay which was earlier admitted by Leobert Dasmarinas. Both Dasmarinas and Valdestamon are first cousins of the victim.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has joined in the investigation and will also conduct their own DNA testing to determine if the remains found were certainly from the missing girl in Palawan.